Ester Ledecká celebrates with her award ©COC

Double Olympic gold medallist Ester Ledecká has received the Czech Republic's highest sports award for her history-making performance at last year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

Ledecká became the first woman to win gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Olympics, claiming titles in Alpine skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Games, and has now won the Jiri Stanislav Guth-Jarkovsky Award.

"I really value this," the 24-year-old said.

"It is special because athletes themselves – each of whom have their own sport and life story – vote for the winner. 

"It feels almost inappropriate to be among such legends who have received this award before me, but I am very happy for that."

Ledecká, who claimed gold in the super-G Alpine skiing and parallel giant slalom at Pyeongchang 2018, received the award at a ceremony attended by 30 athletes and members of her family.

Biathletes Michal Krčmář and Veronika Vítková, speed skaters Martina Sáblíková and Karolína Erbanová and snowboarder Eva Samková – all of whom won medals at Pyeongchang 2018 – were also nominated.

The others shortlisted were tennis star Petra Kvitová, ice hockey player David Pastrňák, 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship winner Martin Šonka and marathon runner Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová.

"Even among sport’s superpowers Ester's achievement is very exceptional," added Czech Olympic Committee President Jiří Kejval.

"I am glad that athletes acknowledged that."

Previous winners of the award include rower Ondřej Synek, judoka Lukáš Krpálek and climber Adam Ondra.